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Popcorn Balls

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword popcorn-balls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 18 servings (may vary)
Calories 391kcal


  • 18 cups lightly salted popcorn
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • cup heavy cream
  • seasonal jimmies and nonpareils


  • Place the popcorn into a large metal mixing bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Remove any unpopped kernels. Set aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, melt together the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then lower the heat and allow to bubble for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes remove the saucepan from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda will cause the caramel to foam. Stir constantly until the foam begins to die down. Add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla.
  • Pour the caramel over the popcorn. Using a large spoon, stir the popcorn until it's evenly coated with the caramel. Continue to stir until the mixture has cooled enough to handle. This step will take around 2 minutes.
  • Wearing gloves lightly spritzed with cooking spray, divide the mixture evenly forming into 3 inch balls. Press together firmly and place onto wax paper to set-up. Allow to sit until completely cooled and set, around 20 minutes.
  • Melt the milk chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave in 20 second increments, stopping to stir each time. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely smooth.
  • Dip each popcorn ball into the melted chocolate covering the top. Sprinkle with nonpareils while wet. Allow to sit for 45 minutes or until the chocolate is set.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg